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Old 02-17-2012   #1
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Small rafts (Mini Me, Trib 9.5)

I'm a big guy, 6'6" 300 lbs, been an inflatable kayaker and rafter up to this point. Not wanting to get another Kayak, I am looking at these little rafts. It looks like they are great in technical water, not so great at big water? How much room do you have in them? I saw a trib 9.5 once in person, and all I got from the brief conversation was that they don't like to go in a straight line, and you had better be in sync with your second paddler. Anything to add? I saw River boat works has a special on one Trib for 1300 bucks...

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Small rafts are a blast. I have a 10' NRS self bailer that's similar to the 12' Otter SB. I'm 6'3" and 250lbs and when running R2 style it helps to have someone my size paddling it with me. I've seen people R4 them but for my raft that can be real tight - I prefer R2. I also have a frame/oars for it and it's great running R1 - not much room for adult passengers but doable. It's great for the technical rivers as it's highly maneuverable and easy to correct. It's been fun on big water too though I've only run it with the frame on the bigger water (Upper Snake, Salmon, MFS at high water, etc). Big holes and waves are best avoided.
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After the flip

How are they to flip back over and re-enter? Is it as easy as an IK, or do you jump on top and pull back?
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Re-entry is like almost any raft - at least for mine. The Aire Trib 9.5 seems smaller than mine, perhaps smaller tubes - and it might not be as bad for re-entry. Flipping it over when it doesn't have the frame/oars is piece of cake. My raft is light and one person can haul it inflated or de-flated without the frame. Flipping it with a frame/oars is more work, but still not bad since it's so small compared to the bigger boats.
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You should really look at a shredder or aire cataraft. Also I have 2 jacks plastic culbra granda and they are incredible . i HAVE USED THESE ON THE NUMBERS FOR R-2 OR rR-4.
All of the fore mentioned track great and can really run huge water .
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